Don’t Miss the Camden Windjammer Festival

Camden Windjammer Festival

Photo Credit: Dan4th Nicholas / Camden, ME / Flickr

There’s no denying that coastal towns around the world have a deep connection with the water that surrounds them. Here in Camden, Maine, it’s no different. Local rivers, harbors and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean have provided not only jobs and sustenance for generations, but also recreational activities, serenity and much more. The Camden Windjammer Festival is just one of the ways residents and visitors alike celebrate Camden’s nautical heritage. When you attend this annual festival, you can expect to see plenty of beautiful sailboats, to enjoy craft and food vendors, and, perhaps most importantly, to learn about the maritime traditions that have been a part of our coastal culture for generations. Continue reading “Don’t Miss the Camden Windjammer Festival”

The Most Beautiful Camden Hills State Park Hiking Trails

 

Hiking is one of those activities in which the rewards are many. While hiking can be strenuous at times, you have the opportunity to connect with nature, listen to the birds sing, dip your feet in cool streams and marvel at the view when you reach the top. Hiking in Camden, Maine is a very popular activity among visitors and locals alike. If you happen to experience any of these beautiful Camden Hills State Park hiking trails, you’ll quickly understand why.

It’s easy to access the hiking trails from the Hartstone Inn. After fueling up on a delicious breakfast in our restaurant, drive about two miles north of the inn to find an access point to the Multi-Use Trail. Continue reading “The Most Beautiful Camden Hills State Park Hiking Trails”

Pairings 101 – Greece at Cellardoor Winery

Event date/time: Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 5-7pmCellardoor Winery

From the Cellardoor Winery website:

“Think: crystal clear blue waters contrasted by an impressive island hillside draped in crisp white. We’re taking inspiration from the mediterranean and exploring the bright, fresh flavors with our Greece edition of Pairings 101 on June 17. Join us as we dive behind the scenes of food & wine pairings, testing your senses and learning all about the basics of aroma identification and sensory evaluations. The class includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a specially crafted tasting menu created by Chef Lani Stiles and the team at Megunticook Market, as well as sensory evaluations and aroma identifications. As always, seats for this pairing are limited so early reservations are recommended. $40 per person.”

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

Contact Website:www.mainewine.com

 

The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious

maine wild blueberry festival

Photo Credit: Blueberries/Pixabay

The annual Maine Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias features two fun days of entertainment, contests, shopping and of course blueberries! Held each August, the festival offers locals and visitors alike the chance to celebrate the little berry that some say helped put Maine on the map. After all, even though Maine is one of the nation’s smallest states, it still produces more blueberries than any other state. More than 90% of the nation’s blueberry crop comes from Maine. Continue reading “The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious”

Mangia: An Italian Cooking Class at Cellardoor Winery

Event date/time: Sunday, May 23, 2015 from 5:30-8:30pmCellardoor Winery

From the Cellardoor Winery website:

‘With the unofficial start of summer upon us, the heavy, hearty comfort foods of winter give way to dishes influenced by the light, fresh and colorful bounty found at Maine’s farmers markets. We’re celebrating the start of a new season with an Italian twist, taking cues dai monti al mare (from the mountains to the sea). Chef Christina Sidoti will take over our Farmhouse Kitchen for a special cooking class and dinner, complete with making fresh pasta dough and summer-inspired sauces to creating decadent cannoli.”

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

Contact Website: www.mainewine.com

Penobscot Marine Museum Celebrates Marine History

Penobscot Marine Museum

Photo Credit: FraukeFeind / Pixabay

When you visit Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, you experience the importance of the marine culture on the state of Maine and its residents. The emphasis is on the experience, as a small seaport village has been replicated for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Penobscot Marine Museum was founded in 1936 and originally located in the Old Town Hall, which was built in 1845 and donated to the Museum by the town. Since then, the museum has acquired and built structures that have allowed it to replicate a “seaport village from the Great Age of Sail.” Continue reading “Penobscot Marine Museum Celebrates Marine History”

“Dine and Donate” to Benefit the Georges River Land Trust

The Hartstone Inn in Camden extends an invitation to the supporters of Georges River Land Trust for a night out to benefit their conservation efforts. Make your dinner reservation for May 4th, 11th or 18th and 50% of the food charges on your dinner bill will be donated to the Land Trust.

The mission of the Georges River Land Trust is to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education, and outdoor experiences.

Bring your friends and family for a sublime evening of dining and donating! Preview our dinner menu online here.


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Jonathan Edwards and Cheryl Wheeler at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time:  May 8, 2015 at 7:30pmJonathanCheryl

Four decades into a stellar career, folk singer/songwriter JONATHAN EDWARDS delivers songs of passion, insight, and humor with his pure and powerful tenor. His repertoire includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and the 1971 anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” the protest proclamation that resonated with thousands of young fans. EDWARDS has released 15 albums, including the bluegrass “Blue Ridge,” and his collection of children’s songs, “Little Hands.” Folk singer/songwriter CHERYL WHEELER is a natural storyteller with a beautiful voice; though her songs are often emotional portraits of people, her live concerts also include comic routines and serious discussions. A gifted writer, WHEELER’S songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. WHEELER has released 13 albums since 1986.

Location Address: Rockland Strand Theatre

Contact Website: www.rocklandstrand.com

Sausage Making Class at Maine Street Meats

Thursday, April 16th 6-8pm

Head butcher, Sean Durnan, will guide participants in all aspects of fresh sausage making, from choosing the right cuts of pork, grinding, seasoning, mixing and stuffing.  Sean has been practicing whole animal butchery for over 6 years and is experienced with cutting beef, pork, lamb and poultry.

This class will be held at Maine Street Meats.  The cost is $75 per person includes 2 hours of hands on instruction and fresh homemade sausage to take home.

Call the shop to register or for more information. 207-236-6328 (236-MEAT)

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Hartstone Inn

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
10:30am-1pm /  $25 per person

Starter:

Pound Cake and Lemon Mousse Trifle and Fresh Fruit

Choice of Entree:

Maine Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with an Arugula Salad and Lemon Parmesan Dressing

Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quiche with Rosemary-Grilled Potatoes

Cast Iron Baked Blueberry-Raspberry Pancakes with Whipped Cream, Powdered Sugar and Seared Ham

Dessert:

Chocolate Ganache Tart with Homemade Coffee Ice Creamand Toasted Hazelnuts

Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with a Shortbread Cookie

Call 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.

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